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On 6/20/2014, President Obama initiated a nationwide "Pollinator Health Task Force" that is dedicated to combating the severe losses sustained by honey bees and other major pollinators. In a Presidential Memorandum released by the Office of the Press Secretary, the President calls on the EPA to reassess the use of dangerous pesticides with a focus on their affect on pollinators. Tell the EPA to take this presidential mandate seriously and ban the use of deadly pesticides!
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It's long been known that Earth's honey bee population is decreasing at an alarming rate. The fact is, much of our natural ecosystem depends on the processes involved with bee pollination, and if this pollination cannot happen, many of our crops — from broccoli to strawberries — will be in grave peril.

In fact, honey bee deaths are reaching a critical point, whereby it may not be possible to reverse the damage. The good news is that much of the population decline can be attributed to reversible human actions, including the use of neonicotinoids, insecticides chemically related to nicotine that cause honeybees, bumblebees, and beneficial ladybugs to literally drop dead.

We can afford insects eating our plant life; but we simply cannot afford a decimation of the honey bee. Write to the EPA asking that these immensely harmful pesticides are outlawed.

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Dear Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe:

If we don't act now to save Earth's honey bee population, we could reach a critical point of no return. You see, the planet's honey bees have been in steady decline for several years now — climate change, parasites, habitat loss are all contributors. Some of these issues are going to be difficult to tackle, but there's one catalyst that humans can act on right now.

Bees are dying in large numbers as a result of the use of certain neonicotinoids to treat our crops over the past decade. Previously thought to be non-toxic to these precious pollinators, more recent peer-reviewed studies have linked the proliferation of neonicotinoids to a decrease in queen production and an increase in "disappeared" bees, the ones that never return to the hive from their foraging trips.

While insect pests are detrimental to our crops, the loss of our honey bees would be catastrophic. We can handle some less-than-ideal produce. But we can't handle a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination.

You have the power to save our nation's food supply. Don't let this opportunity slip away: outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids killing our honey bees.

Petition Signatures

Aug 1, 2015 Jeffrey Obenour
Aug 1, 2015 Jeri Lovell If we don't enact measures to protect the irreplaceable honey bee we will all suffer from the trickle down consequences. Please help these necessary and wonderful little creatures survive!
Aug 1, 2015 Jodi Abaza
Aug 1, 2015 MaryAnn Morelli
Jul 31, 2015 Rita Corica
Jul 31, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 31, 2015 Leslie Martin
Jul 31, 2015 Ashleigh Morin
Jul 31, 2015 Senada Selimovic
Jul 31, 2015 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jul 31, 2015 kellie chapman
Jul 30, 2015 ruth ferguson
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop using chemicals that kill our bees!
Jul 30, 2015 Maria Hernandez
Jul 30, 2015 Lisa Brehm
Jul 30, 2015 Gwenette Spann
Jul 30, 2015 Kathy Hess
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) Save the bees, they are an integral part of our ecosystem!
Jul 30, 2015 Jay Frye
Jul 30, 2015 Kathy Holland
Jul 30, 2015 J Ramirez
Jul 30, 2015 Judy Solaczek
Jul 30, 2015 Dawn Duewell
Jul 30, 2015 kaye gonzalez
Jul 30, 2015 Elizabeth Potts
Jul 30, 2015 Helga Kordjukova
Jul 30, 2015 Lauren Ross
Jul 30, 2015 Julie Ann Ott
Jul 30, 2015 Samantha VanDusen
Jul 30, 2015 Michael Frost
Jul 30, 2015 Cheryl Archuleta
Jul 30, 2015 Tatjana Kink
Jul 30, 2015 ellen gilbert
Jul 30, 2015 belinda mcdonald
Jul 30, 2015 Wendy Becker
Jul 29, 2015 Afia Siddiqi
Jul 29, 2015 Chris Brewer
Jul 29, 2015 jaime velasco
Jul 29, 2015 Rick Trnka Our relationship to bee's is not complex. We need them to pollinate crops. Additionally, biodiversity demands that we save them.
Jul 29, 2015 Elaine Kinney Without them, we die!
Jul 29, 2015 Kathleen Horner
Jul 29, 2015 Cheryl Sebastian
Jul 29, 2015 Melissa Mendell
Jul 29, 2015 CONSTANCE Cooke
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2015 Cynthia Woscek
Jul 29, 2015 Tara kellogg
Jul 29, 2015 Angelina Giammusso
Jul 29, 2015 Melanie Turner
Jul 29, 2015 Stacy Eagle

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